Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has claimed that the premier league will be happy if Chelsea fails to retain the EPL title.
The chief executive claims that having another team win the premier league title this year is good for the competitive nature of the league.
He told CNN: “The only thing that matter is that we put on the most competitively intense competition we can attracting the world’s best players, trying to attract the world’s best managers, trying to grow the league.
“Therefore my interests slightly diverge from some of the clubs.
“And so, no disrespect to Chelsea, we like the idea that the champions are not the champions next year.
“In some ways, we like a new name on the trophy every year because it shows the competitive dynamic of the league.
“So this season more than ever is a mix with Leicester doing so well, West Ham doing so well, Crystal Palace doing so well.
“Plus what you might refer to as the big six as having mixed fortunes.
“And that is good for the league from a competitive point of view and from an interest point of view.”
He added: “It is always difficult when you are champions because you can either win it again or do worse.
That is the only thing you can do.
“Clearly they have been a surprise to everyone this year. But when you actually look at them, ultimately if you don’t score more goals than the opposition, then you don’t win.
“I don’t think their problems are entirely deep-rooted. I think they will probably come back and finish the season a lot stronger because they are a very big club with hugely talented players and a very talented manager.”